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Tours

Tours of the Stanford University Libraries are offered year-round, with special orientation tours for incoming students at the beginning of each academic year. Other special tours include Parents' Weekend, which usually happen in February, and Admit Weekend, which happen in April.

September tours & orientations

Stanford Libraries offer special tours at the beginning of Fall Quarter, many specifically designed for incoming students. Tours of these libraries, as well as of the subject-specific libraries not listed here, can also be arranged by appointment.

Green Library

New students

Green Library invites new students and their parents to tour the largest Stanford University library, explore its world class library collections, and find out how the library can support students' research needs. All Green Library tours will consist of a physical tour of the building. Tours will begin at the Green Library East entrance (red fountain entrance) on the below days and times. (Tours of the David Rumsey Map Center will follow Green Library tours.)

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 2-3 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 from 2-3 pm

New graduate students

Come to Green Library for a librarian-led tour of the building. Each tour will last an hour. Tours will begin at the Green Library East entrance (red fountain entrance) on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Sept. 19 from 3-4 pm (A tour of the David Rumsey Map Center will follow this tour.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 3-4 pm

For more information, see Green Library.

Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)

New students and parents

Learn about the library's circulating and Locked Stacks collections in art, architecture, and design, as well as its growing video art holdings, its scanning and design stations, and its quiet places to study. Tours will be held:

  • Monday, Sept. 19 at 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2 pm

New graduate students

Specialized tours for new graduate students in the Department of Art & Art History are scheduled as part of their departmental orientations. However, new graduate students from all departments are welcome to attend the tours on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22 at 1 pm.

Students should gather in the Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), located on the 2nd floor of the McMurtry Art & Art History building

Library orientations are required for all declared undergraduate majors and minors in art history, studio art, and film and media studies; these orientations are scheduled on an individual basis throughout the year.

For more information, see Art & Architecture Library (Bowes).

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library (Swain)

Tours of Swain Library will begin at the Circulation Desk, and last about an hour. Advanced registration is required. (Max. 15 users per session. Register at http://bit.ly/SciEngWorkshops.) Tours will be held on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 9:30-10:30 am and 2-3 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 30 from 11 am-12 noon
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 10-11 am and 3-4 pm

For more information, see Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library (Swain).

David Rumsey Map Center

New students

Following tours of Green Library, students wil take a tour of the David Rumsey Map Center, located in Green Library, Bing Wing, 4th floor. The Center boasts cartographic information in all formats, presents exhibits, provides interactive tools, and supports GIS applications. Tours of the David Rumsey Map Center are also offered year-round; contact the David Rumsey Map Center for more information. Tours will be held on:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 3-4 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 from 3-4 pm

New graduate students

  • Monday, Sept. 19 from 4-5 pm

Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (Branner)

Orientation sessions for incoming School of Earth Sciences students are arranged at the beginning of Fall Quarter. Orientations for other students and researchers are available for the Earth Sciences Library, Map Collections, and GIS Services, and can be arranged year-round.

For more information, see Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (Branner).

Engineering Library (Terman)

New graduate students

All new graduate students are invited to a demonstration of the amazing array of science and engineering resources provided by the science and engineering libraries at Stanford. Demos will be held in the Mackenzie Room ( 3rd floor) of the Huang Center on:

  • Monday, Sept. 19 from 1:30-2:30 pm

You'll learn about research databases, e-books, e-journals, and tools to help you organize your research articles and prepare your research reports and papers.

New students and new graduate students

The Engineering Library Open House is your opportunity to meet your librarian, tour the library, ask questions and join us for coffee, juice, and treats.

  • Thursday, Sept. 29 from 8:30-10:30 am

For more information, see Engineering Library (Terman).

Lathrop Library

Come learn about the technology expertise and resources available including 24-hour computer spaces, the media studio, create:space, and The Tech Desk in Lathrop Library. Tours will begin in the first floor lobby of Lathrop, near the Tech Lounge/Desk. Each tour will last a half-hour and are offered at the following dates and times:

New students and parents

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 pm

For more information, see Lathrop Library.

Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound

The Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound will have a tour on:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 2-3 pm

The tour is limited to 25 participants; additional tours can be arranged.

Incoming Music Department graduate students are urged to contact Ray Heigemeir to arrange a personalized introduction to the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound. Contact Ray at raymondh@stanford.edu or (650) 384-9985.

For more information, see Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound.